Another Balladeer’s Blog Top Twenty list for 2020. Previously I featured cool-named college sports teams from the NAIA and USCAA. This time it’s 20 cool-named teams from the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).
YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CENTURIONS
Location: Billings, MT
Comment: “Thwow him to the GWOUND, thentuwion!” Had to be said, for the sake of all us Monty Python fans. Joking aside, Centurions is a terrific and almost unique team name in college sports.
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT KATHERINE FIREBIRDS
Location: San Marcos, CA
Comment: These teams were named after the Doug McClure post-apocalypse movie Firebird: 2015 AD. I’m KIDDING! They were named after the legendary firebirds themselves.
NEBRASKA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SENTINELS
Location: Papillion, NE
Comment: The Sentinels have got it going on! So does their institution, which has a knack for unique and memorable team names. Prior to going by Sentinels NCC’s teams were called the Parsons.
MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE ARCHERS
Location: Chicago, IL
Comment: Set your Mood Rings to “contemplative!” This team name comes from the school’s reference to their famous Arch, NOT to people who wield a bow and arrows, but that’s a common misconception.
PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SEA BEGGARS
Location: Pasadena, CA
Comment: With that logo you might think these teams are called something mundane like Pirates or Raiders or even Marauders. PCC fakes you out like that then body-slams you with their cool and unique name Sea Beggars.
LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY RED LIONS
Location: Lincoln, IL
Comment: What a terrific name for sports teams and that logo is really cool as well! I’d love to strap on a helmet and go play for this school myself, except they don’t have a football team so I’d just wind up looking ridiculous.
OAKLAND CITY UNIVERSITY MIGHTY OAKS
Location: Oakland City, IN
Comment: Not just Oaks, but MIGHTY Oaks! Hey, what better name could there possibly be for college teams from the one and only Oakland City, IN?
NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE DEACONS
Location: Eugene, OR
Comment: Did someone say New Hope? Well, opposing teams are left with NO hope when they go up against the infinitely cool-named program called the Deacons.
MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Comment: Mid-America Christian University is as well-known for its excellent sports teams and students as it is for the incredibly striking nickname “Evangels.”
MARANATHA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SABERCATS
Location: Watertown, WI
Comment: Saber-toothed tiger imagery is always very impressive. The Sabercats tweak it just that little bit extra that makes their name and logo stand out tall and proud.
ERSKINE COLLEGE FLYING FLEET
Location: Due West, SC
Comment: The Flying Fleet is such a cool name it sounds like the title of an adventure for G-8 And His Battle Aces from old pulp stories! Or if that’s too dated a reference for you how about a Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrrow joke? Let me know when you come up with one.
GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS
Location: Winona Lake, IN
Comment: Grace College eschewed names like Knights and Crusaders for their sports teams and instead went with Lancers. That was a very good idea as it turned out.
MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE THUNDER
Location: Manhattan, KS
Comment: A few years back Manhattan Christian College changed their team names from the cool but overused Crusaders to the cooler and more unique Thunder and have never looked back.
VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG DRAGONS
Location: Paris, France (I’m kidding – Lynchburg, VA)
Comment: There is no going wrong with an incredibly cool team name like Dragons. Dragons sound cool, look cool and make for a very intimidating mascot.
OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS
Location: Joplin, MO
Comment: Remember the expression “Ambassador without portfolio?” Well, I don’t know what that means either, so let’s just soak in the grandeur of this incredibly cool nickname and that eye-catching logo!
OTTAWA (AZ) UNIVERSITY SPIRIT
Location: Surprise, AZ
Comment: This is the best “See what we did there?” team name in all the college ranks. The double meaning of Spirit makes this possibly the ultimate marriage of institution and mascot.
GENEVA COLLEGE GOLDEN TORNADOES
Location: Beaver Falls, PA
Comment: Tornadoes would be a cool enough team name, but when you make it the GOLDEN Tornadoes it definitely lets the competition know that you are taking things to the next level.
JOHNSON UNIVERSITY (FL) SUNS
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Comment: The Suns is a very cool and very memorable name for sports teams. I think something like the Novas or the Supernovas would also work pretty well. Anyway, these Suns are from another school (formerly Florida Christian College) I’d love to see add football!
REGENT UNIVERSITY ROYALS
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Comment: Hey, this institution’s teams aren’t just CALLED Royals, they’ve got the coat of arms to back it up. Experts on heraldry will no doubt thrill to the imagery used by Regent U.
CAIRN UNIVERSITY HIGHLANDERS
Location: Langhorne, PA
Comment: “There can be only ONE!” to quote the movie Highlander. At any rate, imagery of the Scottish Highlanders goes well with just about anything.
The 20 Coolest-Named JUCO Sports Teams: https://glitternight.com/2010/10/18/the-20-coolest-named-juco-sports-teams/
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